Jackie finished in 48th spot after the two runs.
Update: Racing Player Zoheir Mrad was released today. Good to hear.
First we have a romantic singer turned terrorist and now this. If charged, Zoheir won’t be the first footballer to turn terrorist/fighter as I heard there are 1 or 2 other players who even went to fight in Syria. This is not only happening in Lebanon though as a German National Team Player joined the fight in Syria back in November 2013 and got killed. Speaking of Germany and Europe, hundreds of Europeans are flocking to the war in Syria and joining terrorists.
Following conflicting reports concerning the location where Mrad was arrested, sources told NOW that three Lebanese army patrols awaited Mrad at the entrance of the Bourj Hammoud Municipal Stadium. During the arrest, the army soldiers ordered the club players present at the scene not to intervene while others were ordered to stand by a wall or stay in their cars. Mrad was subsequently taken away as his fellow players looked on with amazement.
Regarding whether the Youth and Sports Ministry or the Lebanese Football Association should have intervened, the sources confirmed to NOW that the issue is related to national security since Mrad was arrested for terror charges following a request by the public prosecutor. It was therefore outside the scope of responsibilities of ministers, the Football Association, and the Racing Club. Meanwhile, the statement issued by the Lebanese army following the arrest announced that Mrad was apprehended on the basis of confessions provided by Naim Abbas who is being detained for terror charges. [Now]
The second one is an epic mistake haha!
I have no idea who this guy is but he’s hilarious.
If there’s one thing we’ve established from all the bombings taking place in Lebanon, it’s that all the cars were stolen ones. Funnily enough, the Local TVs are the first to reveal the real owner of the car by looking into leaked official databases. Having said that, I’ve suggested various times in previous posts a quick, cheap and efficient way to detect stolen cars before they enter a certain area, or mall or a parking lot etc. The idea is a pretty simple, cheap and efficient one and consists of coming up with a mobile app or software (and its respective hardware) that reads the plate numbers and matches them again the ISF Databases.
Here’s the problem at hand:
- ISF and Army checkpoints cannot possibly go through every single car to see if it contains any explosives or if it’s stolen. Similarly, most malls, shopping centers and hotels are still using defective bomb scanners and few of them inspect carefully the car and have bomb-sniffing dogs.
- If by any chance a stolen car is arrested on a checkpoint, chances are the suicide bomber might blow himself up.
Here’s how we can detect stolen cars:
- License plate readers and scanners are not a new invention and are used worldwide. They help police pinpoint stolen cars, fleeing criminals and basically any suspicious car and the widespread of security and speed cameras can help track the car movement better. However, we don’t have a network of security cameras and license plate scanners in Lebanon, so this might take time to implement, which is why we can implement this plan in 3 different stages:
- Release a mobile App called “Masrou2a” for example ( And assign a hot line for those without a smartphone) allowing Lebanese citizens to report their car as stolen on the spot. Once reported, the car plate number will be marked red in the databases.
- Equip all ISF and Army members with license readers that help them detect stolen cars on the spot. If the scanner shows a red signal, it means the plate number does not exist or the car is stolen.
- Equip all Mall/Hotels/Hospitals/Commercial Centers security staff with the same reader or simply install a license plate reader at the entrance of every parking that scans through every car and reports any stolen one directly to the ISF.
- Equip Park Meter officers with the license plate reader as well.
- Install License plate scanners equipped with automated license plate recognition technology on key roads and highways inside and outside Beirut. For example, one scanner at the entrance and exit of Tripoli and Dahieh, a couple of others at the entrance of Beirut, Arsal, the Syrian-Lebanese borders etc …
- Build an interactive map that shows real-time scans being performed and pinpoints a stolen car and tracks its location based on the cameras already set up.
- Expand the network of cameras to include more areas and streets and connect them together in a way to be able to track a driver’s movement.
- Build a unified control center that gets all the data, processes them and sends them to the related security agencies.
I have no idea how costly this project would be after implementing the 3 stages, but the technology has been available for years and the first stage can be easily implemented and at a reasonable price. There are two main concerns though that should be tackled properly:
- Politicians use fake license plate numbers for their convoys and are not willing to restrict themselves to one plate number for security purposes. This shouldn’t pose a problem if the convoy is accompanied by a police unit.
- Non-Lebanese license plate numbers cannot be verified and should be inspected at the borders in my opinion or wherever they are spotted. Maybe at a later stage once things calm down, neighboring countries would agree to cooperate and share basic information regarding cars coming from Syria or Jordan for example.
I am hoping that someone picks up the idea and pass it to the authorities, and if they are already considering it then that’s even better.
A lot of Lebanese have been sharing in the past few days the list of MPs who signed the draft to Protect Women From Domestic Violence back in 2012 as shown on the Kafa website, and some have been falsely attacking the MPs who did not sign the draft law, mainly Nayla Tueni for being the only woman who didn’t sign. Not that I support or like Nayla Tueni or any of the MPs, but these are false allegations for two simple reasons that were stated by the NGO Kafa:
- The law was never put to vote in the parliament and was only discussed in the parliamentary committees.
- The online petition includes the names of the MPs who supported the amendments suggested by KAFA to the draft law in question and not the law itself. Moreover, the petition did not reach all the MPs as the campaign stopped due to the political crisis that paralyzed the parliament.
So don’t go all crazy on the MPs not on that list because it doesn’t mean anything. Nevertheless, it’s good to see this law being brought back to light as we need to put an end to crimes committed by men against their wives like the ones that took place last week.
Having said that, a demonstration is being organized by Kafa on March 8 from 2 to 3 pm to condemn violence against women and ask for the Domestic Violence law to be approved and implemented.